Like many couples, Edward and Hazel Short longed to swap the urban rat-race for an idyllic life by the sea, where they would spend their days breathing in salty air as they watched their young children grow up. The new home they hankered after, however, was more elaborate than most would dare to dream of. After leaving London in 2004, they borrowed £1.8 million to build a staggering modernist ‘lighthouse’ at Down End Point, a renowned beauty spot in North Devon. The six-bedroom house was to be rendered white to catch the light bouncing off the ocean, its four-storey cylindrical tower featuring a dining room with 9ft-high windows, master bedroom and observatory. In the main body of the house, to its side, would be a kitchen with uninterrupted sea views, a guest wing, sauna and cinema; in front, a 60ft glass-edged infinity pool with panoramic views across Croyde Bay. Edward and Hazel Short (pictured) borrowed £1.8million to build a modernist 'lighthouse' at Down … [Read more...] about From Grand Design to £3 million house of HORROR: Edward Short was so proud of his dream home project he invited in TV cameras, only for it to end in a building that looks like a North Korean missile bunker
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Every month a number of organisations publish house price indices, each based on a different set of data. Sometimes the findings agree, sometimes they conflict. When we report on these figures we explain what they are showing, but we thought it would be useful to give a comprehensive guide to the main indices. Whether you are buying or selling a property, working in the property industry, or just interested in the ups and downs of the housing market, it helps to know exactly who is producing each index, what data they use, and what the headline figures actually reflect. Over on the house prices blog you can tell us what you think about the different indices. Click below to see the different indices:HalifaxLand RegistryLSL Property Services/AcadametricsNationwideOffice for National StatisticsRightmoveRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Halifax Who compiles it? Halifax, now part of Lloyds Banking Group, and one of the UK's biggest mortgage lenders. What does it show? The average … [Read more...] about House prices: what do the different indices show?
Some Sort of Genius: A Life of Wyndham Lewis by Paul O'Keeffe. Cape, 697 pp., £25, 12 October 2000, 0224031023 Buy it at a discount from BOL Wyndham Lewis: Painter and Writer by Paul Edwards. Yale, 583 pp., £40, 24 August 2000, 0300082096 Buy it at a discount from BOL The day he first met Wyndham Lewis, shortly after the end of the first world war, Ernest Hemingway was teaching Ezra Pound how to box. The encounter took place in Paris, where Pound had a studio, and Lewis, impassive beneath his trademark wide black hat, seemed content to watch in silence. "Ezra had not been boxing very long and I was embarrassed at having him work in front of anyone he knew, and I tried to make him look as good as possible," Hemingway wrote. So wide was the margin between master and pupil, both in musculature and in technique, that Hemingway could without difficulty refrain from doing his opponent any damage. Lewis, he felt sure, wanted to see Pound hurt. He was careful not to oblige. "I never … [Read more...] about A most modern misanthrope: Wyndham Lewis and the pursuit of anti-pathos
Glasgow & West Scotland 27 June 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-48785322 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The first payments have been made to female workers at Glasgow City Council following the settlement of a … [Read more...] about First pay-outs made to Glasgow council equal pay workers
High Street food chain Pizza Express is at risk of being the next eatery in the UK to collapse after the firm hired advisors ahead of talks with creditors. The chain, which was acquired by Chinese private equity firm Hony Captial in 2014, is set to engage in talks to save the business, which is in £655 million worth of debt. The popular restaurant is thought to have struggled with rising costs and a tough UK trading environment. It comes just months after the UK lost Jamie's Italian from the High Street and it is thought the Pizza Express chains are in debt of up to £1.6 million per eatery. It is thought the Pizza Express chains are in debt of up to £1.6 million per eatery (chain in Surrey pictured above) Langton Capital Limited tweeted out the update following the announcement on October 4, that the company had hired advisors. Langton had previously sent out a report to clients which highlighted the amount of debt the firm was in, and how each restaurant was … [Read more...] about Pizza Express calls in financial advisors ahead of talks with creditors over £665m debts – sparking fears restaurant chain will be next big name to disappear from Britain’s High Street